What's on in the North East

Peter Lathan

Open Clasp’s new production Rattle Snake opens at Live Theatre on Thursday and runs until 30 September before touring.

At Alphabetti this week: Wednesday is the regular Write Faster session in which three writers write a brand new play in front of the audience and three actors perform it as it is being written and on Thursday and Saturday Tom Taylor presents The Game's a Foot / Try the Fish (and The Man with the Twisted Hip), two one-man comedies.

At Dance City at 6:00 on Tuesday, Artistic Director Anthony Baker together with some special guests introduces the autumn season. The event is free and there will be complimentary food from the DC Café.

From Tuesday to Saturday, the new musical Son of a Preacher Man, featuring the songs of Dusty Springfield, comes to Sunderland Empire.

On Saturday, as part of Sunderland Stages, Zest Theatre presents a free show, First Person, in the Bridges Shopping Centre at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:00.

The double bill of Sunderland AFC shows from Cranked Anvil, Wise Men Say / Cornered, is at The Peacock in Sunderland on Friday.

From Tuesday to Saturday, Ion Productions presents Zipp! One Hundred Musicals for Less than the Price of One at the Customs House in South Shields.

On Thursday at 8:00 in the Green Room at the Queen’s Hall in Hexham, Skimstone Arts presents Ties that Bind, a play about dementia.

Encaustic Theatre Productions presents The Nightmare Room, a thriller by John Goodrum, at Middlesbrough Theatre.

Holly Gallagher presents Before (the line is lost), a one-woman play about cosplay and growing up on the Internet, at ARC Stockton at 7:00 on Wednesday. Then on Saturday at 10:30, 12:30 and 2:30, Colour the Clouds presents Aleena’s Garden, an interactive sensory adventure for children aged 0 to 3.

The English Touring Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester co-production of Conor McPherson’s The Weir comes to Harrogate Theatre from Tuesday to Saturday.